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Build-A-Bear pay your age promotion:  Lines closed, limited due to popularity

Update 11:25 a.m. EDT July 12: Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are closing the lines to shoppers who are looking to cash in on the pay your age promotion.

According to the company, local authorities across the country have told the stores to close the lines and not accept any more guests in the stores in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, click here.

Original story: Build-A-Bear Workshop has a new age-based promotion -- where you pay an amount equal to your age for one of the company’s stuffed animals.

For today, July 12, only, your age or your child’s age will net you a new furry friend for the amount that matches the age. 

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But don’t worry. If you’re 60, you won’t be plunking down $60 for a stuffed animal. Officials with the company say no one will be over the age of 29 on Thursday. But if you do take a 1-year-old to the store, the bear will only cost you $1. 

There’s a catch, though. The deal is only available for members of Build-A-Bear’s Bonus Club. The deal is only while supplies last and is limited to one per customer. It is only available in stores, not online. 

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Every Kid in a Park program gives 4th graders free entry to any U.S. national park

Trekking through some of the country’s most beautiful terrain just got cheaper. 

Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-grade students can enter any of more than 2,000 of the nation’s national parks and other federally managed lands and waters for free for one year. 

Fourth-grade students can sign up for the free pass at everykidinapark.gov.  

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The first three members in a group with a visiting fourth-grader will be granted free entry as well at sites that charge per person. For those that grant payment and entry by car, any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle with a fourth-grader will be allowed to enter at no charge. Educators can also obtain free passes. 

The Every Kid in a Park program encourages children to be active and explore nature at a time when more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas and young people are more tethered to electronic devices than ever.

According to the program, the goal of the promotion is to “inspire fourth graders nationwide to visit our federal lands and waters, whether it is a backyard city park or a national forest, seashore, or marine sanctuary. By targeting fourth graders year after year, the program works to ensure every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their federal lands and waters by the time he or she is 11 years old.”

In June, the inter-agency program announced that Every Kid in a Park has been renewed for the 2018-2019 school year. Passes will be available Sept. 1.

Learn more and get a pass at everykidinapark.gov

5-year-old boy shoots himself after getting mom's gun out of her purse, police say

A 5-year-old Virginia boy is in stable condition after police say he found his mother's gun in her purse and shot himself. 

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According to WTKR, the Portsmouth boy's mother was driving him to the doctor Tuesday morning when he got out of his car seat and found the gun in her handbag, Virginia State Police said. The boy then shot his own wrist as they traveled along Interstate 64 in Hampton, police said.

The woman was talking on her cellphone at the time of the incident, police said.

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The boy is being treated at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk. 

Authorities are still deciding whether the child's mother will face any charges.

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Father slaps children in front of police officer, gets arrested, officials say

Two North Carolina children, ages 5 and 3, wandered away from their home nearby and tried to cross New Hope Road near Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, police said.

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Police said an officer walked the children home Sunday, and that was when the children's father, Tequan King, struck the kids in the head while the officer was still holding their hands.

A man who stopped to help the children trying to cross the street said he saw their father slap both children.

Police quickly arrested the father.

"It makes your heart almost stop, you know?" witness Daniel Byrd said.

>> On WSOCTV.com: Mom says 7-year-old daughter's 'Roblox' character was sexually assaulted in online video game

Byrd and his wife were driving when he saw the 5-year-old fearlessly step into traffic.

"He just held up his little hand, you know, but he was so short they couldn't see him trying to stop traffic," Byrd said.

A car came within inches of hitting the child and his sibling, Byrd said.

"I don't think I could have lived with myself if something had to have happened to those children," Byrd said.

The couple stopped and called police, and another passer-by helped the children get out of the street.

Byrd wonders if things could have been much worse.

"If he is assaulting the children in front of the police officer, then it has to run through your mind what they would have went through, if he goes them back home," Byrd said.

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The children's mother was inside bathing another child when the incident happened.

She was not charged.

King is out of jail and has to follow social services’ instructions regarding contact with his children.

Mom says 7-year-old daughter's 'Roblox' character was sexually assaulted in online video game

A North Carolina woman is warning parents nationwide after her daughter witnessed disturbing sexual images on a gaming site for kids.

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Amber Petersen of Raleigh said her 7-year-old was playing a virtual character on the game "Roblox."

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In the game, the character was face-down on a virtual playground after being attacked and sexually assaulted by two male characters.

Petersen said she was shown the attack by her daughter.

Petersen posted a warning about the gaming site on Facebook.

She wrote: “At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My sweet and innocent daughter's avatar was being violently gang-raped on a playground by two males."

The post has been shared more than 2,000 times.

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The popular gaming site "Roblox" is rated for kids ages 7 and older.

The gaming site responded, “We have identified how this bad actor created the offending action and are putting additional safeguards in place to reduce the possibility of this happening again in the future."

A spokesperson for the gaming site also said the person behind that virtual attack has been permanently banned from the site.

Copperhead snake bites Alabama girl swimming in pool

Apparently, snakes can be lurking anywhere – even in your swimming pool.

According to WBRC, Chappell Williams, 9, of Mountain Brook, Alabama, recently was taking a dip when a copperhead snake sank its fangs into her hand.

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Her father, Reed Williams, said the snake, which likely was hiding behind the pool ladder, struck Chappell as she was climbing out of the water.

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"She thought she had a scratch, but I saw the two fang marks, and I knew she'd been bitten," he told WBRC.

He spotted the snake swimming toward the steps and removed it from the pool, then killed it, he said.

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Chappell, who was treated at a nearby hospital, told WBRC that she's "feeling great now" but will check the pool "about five times" before jumping in again. Her dad echoed the sentiment, saying he and the rest of the family will be "very cognizant, very vigilant about the pool."

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Rattlesnake bites 1-year-old boy while hiding near toys, slide in family's backyard

A Texas toddler was hospitalized Tuesday after a rattlesnake bit him outside his Abilene home.

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According to KTXS, Harrison Bakke, 1, was playing outside when the snake, which was near the boy's slide and toys, bit his hand.

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Harrison's mother, Erin Bakke, told KTXS that she usually looks for snakes before letting her children go outside, but they sneaked out the door when she left the room. She said Harrison cried out as she was joining the kids in the backyard.

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"I saw his hand was bleeding, took him in, rinsed it off," she told the news station. "It looked like a snake bite."

She then spotted a rattlesnake among the children's toys and called 911.

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Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center are giving Harrison more than two dozen vials of antivenom, KTXS reported Wednesday. He's also had surgery.

KTAB reported that health officials expect the boy to "make a full recovery."

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Immigrant children, parents separated at border must be reunited within 30 days, judge says

Immigrant children and parents who were separated by U.S. officials at the country's border with Mexico must be reunited within 30 days, a federal judge said in a preliminary injunction Tuesday night.

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According to The Associated Press, Dana Sabraw, a U.S. district judge in San Diego, also said immigration officials must reunite children under 5 with their parents within 14 days. Additionally, officials must "provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days," the AP reported.

>> Jamie Dupree: Trump demands major change in how U.S. legal system deals with illegal aliens

The injunction, issued in response to an American Civil Liberties Union-backed lawsuit, ordered a halt to future separations, as well, the AP reported.

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The news comes almost one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration's policy of separating immigrant children from parents at the border.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lemonade stand raises $13K for RAICES to help separated immigrant families

When an Atlanta mother told her two young children about families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, her 6-year-old son suggested starting a lemonade stand to help.

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Shannon Cofrin Gaggero set a goal of $1,000, an amount she considered ambitious. A week later, the online and in-person campaign has raised 13 times that amount

The family and other volunteers hosted the lemonade stand and bake sale in Virginia-Highland on Sunday. While that event netted $1,100, the majority of donations — more than 200 of them — have come from the paired virtual Facebook event.

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The Atlanta fundraiser follows the trend of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide donating to nonprofit organizations, prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents. A Silicon Valley couple, David and Charlotte Willner, has raised more than $20,000,000.

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Like the Willners’ fundraiser, the Gaggeros' proceeds will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Service, or RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants. 

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Gaggero, author of the blog “A Striving Parent,” is not new to organizing these types of events. She previously helped start a parenting group to discuss issues of race and privilege at Charis Books and More.

The Gaggeros' fundraiser, which Shannon Cofrin Gaggero said prompted a few satellite lemonade stands across the country, ended at midnight Tuesday.

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

The latest addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines' family has arrived.

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The "Fixer Upper" stars took to social media Saturday to announce the birth of their fifth child, sharing a photo of the baby boy and revealing his name.

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"Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love," Joanna wrote Saturday night on Instagram. "He made an unexpected (and speedy) entrance into the world two and a half weeks early – which is fitting given he was a sweet surprise from day one. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We are so grateful."

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Earlier in the day, Chip tweeted: "And then there were 5.. The Gaines crew is now 1 stronger! 10 beautiful toes and 10 beautiful fingers all accounted for, and big momma is doing great!" He added the hashtag "#blessedBeyondBelief."

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According to Country Living, the couple have two other sons, Drake and Duke, and two daughters, Ella and Emmie.

Read more here.

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